Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

In this episode I talk to Professor Steve Fuller about his sometimes controversial views on transhumanism, religion, science and technology, enhancement and evolution. Steve is Auguste Comte Professor of Social Epistemology at the University of Warwick. He is the author of a trilogy relating to the idea of a ‘post-’ or ‘trans-‘ human future, all published … More Episode #17 Steve Fuller on Transhumanism and the Proactionary Imperative

Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

In this episode I talk to Anders Sandberg about the ethical implications of time compression – or the speeding up of computational tasks to quantum levels. Anders is research associate to the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. His … More Episode #16 Anders Sandberg on the ethics and risks of time compression in computing

Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

Back in March I co-curated a Passengerfilms event in London which used Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina to provoke a panel discussion about what it means to ‘be human’ in a world in which the digitally -or algorithmically – processed ‘virtual’ is increasingly experienced in the actualities of everyday life. I wrote a post … More Being Human | Human Being: a panel discussion of Ex Machina

A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

I started work as the research assistant on the Algocracy and Transhumanism project in September, and John has invited me to record a short podcast about some of my own PhD research on Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction. You download the podcast here or listen below. The podcast relates to a project called … More A Critique of Linguistic Capitalism: a short podcast from Pip Thornton

Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

In this episode I talk to Nicole Vincent. Nicole is an international philosopher extraordinaire. She has appointments at Georgia State University, TU Delft (Netherlands) and Macquarie University (Sydney). Nicole’s work focuses on the philosophy of responsibility, cognitive enhancement and neuroethics. We talk about two main topics: (i) can neuroscience make us happier? and (ii) how … More Episode #15 – Nicole Vincent on Neurointerventions and Human Happiness

Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

In this episode I interview programmer and lawyer Aaron Wright. Aaron is an expert in corporate and intellectual property law, with extensive experience in Internet and new technology issues. He is a professor at Cardozo Law School and the Director of the School’s Tech Startup Clinic. I speak to Aaron about the issues arising from his forthcoming … More Episode #14 Aaron Wright on Blockchain Technology and the Law

From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

The modern age is characterised by two technological trends. The first is the increased outsourcing of human agency to intelligent algorithms; the second is the increased integration between mind and machine. Held at NUI Galway in September 2016, the ‘From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains’ workshop aimed to explore the political, legal and ethical implications … More From Algorithmic States to Algorithmic Brains – workshop summary

Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

In this episode I interview Dr Laura Cabrera. Laura is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University where she conducts research into the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnology. I ask Laura how human enhancement can affect inter-personal communication and values and talk about … More Episode #13 Laura Cabrera on Human Enhancement, Communication and Values

Episode #12 – Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism

In this episode I interview Rick Searle. Rick is an author living in Amish country in Pennsylvania. He is a prolific writer and commentator on all things technological. I get Rick to educate me about the darker aspects of the transhumanist philosophy. In particular, what Rick finds disturbing in the writings of Zoltan Istvan, Steve Fuller … More Episode #12 – Rick Searle on the Dark Side of Transhumanism

Episode #11 – Sabina Leonelli on whether Big Data will revolutionise science

In this episode I talk to Sabina Leonelli. Sabina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. She is as the Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences (Egenis), where she leads the Data Studies research strand. Her research focuses primarily on the … More Episode #11 – Sabina Leonelli on whether Big Data will revolutionise science